Day 5 – To Everything…
All good things must come to an end, including our week at The Great Escape. The conference was rejuvenating for the soul, with the lively music and worship, the wonderful speakers, and engaging family time with our youth and adults. Some have made friends they will stay in contact with through various social media. (Side note, parents, some of you might be asked to take a trip to Dalton, GA in the near future to meet up with some girls from another youth group, but that’s another story for another day….)
Today was Crud Day, a day to play in slime, yuck, guck, shaving cream, and pretty much anything else that is nasty. Unfortunately, rain and lightning came and forced us inside quicker than we would have liked. We were able to participate in two games and it was plenty to get us all messy, but it was not nearly enough for most of us. Everyone got messy, whether they planned to or not. Even the adult leaders were not safe, as Melinda found out when she was on her way to get the camera and wound up with two large handfuls of yuck in her hair courtesy of Adrian.
Throughout our week, we talked about having freedom in Jesus, hiding from God and from each other, being a part of a Christian community, and how we respond to God’s love in our lives. Each youth has been touched by this week, whether they are here for the first time or for the third time. The adult leaders have enjoyed spending this time with the 18 young people, who have kept us energetic, on our toes, full of laughter, and trying new things. (Adrian was dancing it up at the dance party tonight, which is definitely a new thing for him!)
Ecclesiastes 3 begins:
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
As we come to the end of our week, we head home, knowing that there is a time to come to this conference and a time to go home. Tomorrow it is time to go home. We now get to figure out how we take what we discussed and what we experienced this week to our lives back home in Charlotte. Will we be changed? Will we make a difference? Will we live a life of gratitude to God? Only time will tell.
For now, it is a time to pack. And to clean. And to sleep so the drivers stay awake on the bus ride home.
It has been a good week and one that was not possible without dedicated adults like Jenny, Melinda, and Harry. This also would not have been possible without the support of Sardis Presbyterian Church. Thank you to everyone who makes this week possible!